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End of production: Galaxy Note7 is now officially dead

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 11, 2016 8:22 pm

Samsung has confirmed that it is permanently stopping the production of the Galaxy Note7 devices. The announcement comes not even a day after they stopped the sale of its smartphone Galaxy Note7 and invited all of their users to turn off the devices until they investigate the new reports of the replacement devices blowing up.

 

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The South Korean company confirmed their decision to stop the production for the sake of consumer safety.

 

"Putting consumer safety as the top priority, we have reached a final decision to halt production of the Galaxy Note7."

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Samsung pulls all Galaxy Note7 phones globally, again

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 11, 2016 6:32 pm

The South Korean company has stopped the sale of its smartphone Galaxy Note7 and invited all of its users to turn off the devices until they investigate the new reports of the replacement devices blowing up.

 

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Leading American and Australian mobile operators have stopped the sale of replacement Galaxy Note7 devices on Monday, while airlines reiterated that they prohibit passengers the use of these devices, after last week's evacuation of a Southwest Airlines flight when a Galaxy Note7 blew up.

 

The world's leading smartphone manufacturer announced on Monday in a statement asking all global operators to stop selling the Note7 devices and users to exchange the device for a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge until they investigate this problem.

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Stunning video shows capabilities of the Pixel XL camera

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 10, 2016 1:31 pm

Google spent a lot of time talking about the amazing camera on their new Pixel phone, calling it the "best smartphone camera ever made."

 

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The camera of the Pixel and Pixel XL features a 12.3MP sensor with f/2.0, and during the presentation, they showed some amazing photos and videos adding that the speed of the camera and incredible video stabilization technology are very important.

 

One lucky user supposedly got to test the Pixel XL camera, and he posted an amazing 4K video which shows the possibilities of Google's new phone. He shot the video in two days and according to him, "Pixel XL blows the door of the iPhone 7 Plus when it comes to 4K video", which is quite an accomplishment. He added that the image stabilization needs some work, but overall, the result is amazing, which you can check out in the video below.

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Galaxy S8 teased for Feb 26, 2017 launch at MWC 17

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 10, 2016 5:42 am

Samsung is dealing with putting out various fires around the world with its exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, but the marketing train is stamping tickets early for the Galaxy S8 hype train.

 

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We're now looking at the alleged teaser image of the purported Galaxy S8, with leaker @Ricciolo posting the alleged teaser image of the S8. We can see the 26/02/17 date, which will take place during the Galaxy Unpacked event during Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona early next year.

 

There's nothing more to go on, but we are told that the Galaxy S8 will rock an iris scanner - something the more professional Note 7 featured.

Samsung rumored to have stopped Galaxy Note 7 production

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 10, 2016 4:38 am

Samsung has reportedly pulled an unprecedented move, halting the production of its explosive Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, according to rumors from sources within The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. The rumors state Samsung has suspected production of the Galaxy Note 7.

 

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Just recently, an owner had his Note 7 turn into a puff of smoke and heat and accidentally breathed in the smoke, where he later coughed "black stuff" up - his Note 7 was a replacement phone from Samsung that was meant to not have these battery-related issues - and he's not the only one. Another replacement Note 7 caught fire on a Southwest flight in the US, and burnt through the carpet and melted into the floor.

 

Now we have rumors that Samsung has halted production of the Note 7, so this is big... really big. If the rumors are true, Samsung could expect some serious fallout from this in more ways than one. First, the company is sure to be hit pretty hard with Samsung shares surely dropping harsly if the rumor is comfired by the company. Secondly, the trust in Samsung is now broken for some people - hurting their reputation in consumers' eyes as well as profits and revenue from lost future phone sales.

 

Not only that, but we will have people doubting their next-gen handsets like the Galaxy S8 - and then we have to question what the hell Samsung will say when the marketing for the Note 8 starts. WIll one of the key marketing points be "it won't blow up this time, we promise?" because that's going to become a thing.

 

The next big thing.

Galaxy Note 7 replacement blows up, man hospitalized

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 10, 2016 1:13 am

Things are about to escalate for Samsung, with yet another Galaxy Note 7 exploding and hurting someone, with this one being another replacement Note 7 that are meant to be fine.

 

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WKYT reports that on Tuesday morning at 4am, Michael Klering and his wife were woken by a hissing sound coming from within the bedroom. Klering said: "I was scared to death for a minute. The whole room just covered in smoke, smells awful. I look over and my phone is on fire".

 

Klering said he had the replacement Galaxy Note 7 smartphone for just over a week before it fried, adding: "The phone is supposed to be the replacement, so you would have thought it would be safe. It wasn't plugged in. It wasn't anything, it was just sitting there". Later in the day he said he was feeling sick, so he went to the ER. He said: "I was vomiting black so it was very scary. It was a lot of black stuff and it didn't look right".

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Google is spending big money on Pixel marketing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 9, 2016 3:13 am

Google really did make quite the impression when it announced its new Pixel smartphones, a first for the company in premium all-Google smartphones with some nice surprises like the near-perfect voice assistant in Google Assistant - oh, and Google claiming Pixel has the best smartphone camera ever.

 

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Well, you're not going to push all of those points along with the fact that Pixel and Pixel XL ship with Android 7.1, with Google putting a massive load of optimizations and tweaks to the Android operating system. Because Google isn't a known manufacturer of hardware products, the company wants to make a splash. Rachel Pasqua from a New York-based advertising firm said: "This is the first time they are in the position of selling themselves to people, as opposed to selling themselves to brands".

 

Mario Queiroz, Vice President of Product Management for Google said that the company was about to start its major advertising power on Pixel, we didn't get an exact dollar amount. We were teased that Google would be buying ads during Thanksgiving football games, which we all know are very lucrative - thus, very expensive.

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Google's new Pixel smartphones already sold out

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 9, 2016 2:00 am

Google has already sold out of its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, with the larger 128GB models of both handsets selling out quickly, followed by the 32GB version.

 

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The Google Store ran out of the 128GB models first, most likely because there's no 64GB option - so people like myself will jump to the larger version, as we have a lack of expandable storage. Google is selling its first premium smartphones in two sizes: 5-inch and 5.5-inch with the Pixel, and Pixel XL respectively.

 

As for the pricing on Pixel:

 

  • Pixel 32GB - $649
  • Pixel 128GB - $749
  • Pixel XL 32GB - $649
  • Pixel XL 128GB - $869

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iPhone 6 Plus explodes, shoots fire from its screen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 8, 2016 1:33 am

It seems to be common these days for smartphones to blow up, and it's not just limited to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, with an iPhone 6 Plus owner in Fresno, California having her iPhone 6 Plus blow up next to her... while she slept.

 

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Yvette Estrada was sleeping when she heard a flash and then flames leaping from her bed, coming from her iPhone 6 Plus which was on charge. She explained: "I heard a sizzling, then we heard the pop and the whole fire was coming out of the screen", adding that her husband put the fire out by throwing the phone into a sink, adding: "He put water on it and told me to call 911".

 

The fire and heat from the iPhone 6 Plus got so hot that it damaged the nearby dresser, a pair of glasses, and two Apple Watch stands.

Verizon will push Pixel updates for models it sells

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 6, 2016 9:32 pm

Though Pixel is a Google phone, the company has partnered exclusively with Verizon for its latest. That might lead you to wonder: am I getting my updates through Verizon (and late, at that), or through Google (in a timely fashion)? Apparently, both.

 

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"Monthly security updates will come from Google (for all models), and system updates will be managed by Verizon for Verizon models, and Google for unlocked models bought from Google Store," explained a Google spokesperson.

 

In other words, buy from Google, as the finance options are the same and you can still use your unlocked model on Verizon, so there's no downside and one major upside.

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